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Guillermo Kuitca (Argentine, b.1961)
LOT ID: 77510
Ein Deutsches Requiem, 2002

Mixed Media, on paper
8.5 х 11 in. (21.59 x 27.94 cm.)
Signed, and dated on recto, lower right. Framed, with UV filtering plexiglass.
Lot description
Sheet size is 8.5 by 11 inches (21.6 by 27.9 cm). Framed size is 12.56 by 15.06 inches (31.9 by 38.3 cm).

Since the late 1980s, Guillermo Kuitca has been creating artworks derived from architectural plans, genealogical trees, and the floor plans of stadiums, cemeteries, prisons, archives, and theaters. In this mixed media piece from 2002, the seating chart of the celebrated London opera house Covent Garden has been surreally warped and rendered in the colors of the German flag. Kuitca intended the piece to be a tribute to the German composers Johannes Brahms (to whose music the title refers) and Richard Wagner.

Guillermo Kuitca (Argentinean, B. 1961) is an installation artist, sculptor, and draughtsman, best known for manipulating geographical maps and architectural plans. Born in Buenos Aires, Kuitca began painting from an early age, and his early work depicts theater sets with titles drawn from literature and music. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Kuitca began working on installations based on typographies, and explored themes of public and private space, memory, and migration. Public and private worlds converge symbolically in his series Le Sacre (1992), which consisted of 54 mattresses, installed vertically, on which he painted maps of various locations around the world. In 2007, Kuitca represented Argentina at the Venice Biennale with his Diarios series, begun in 1994, which are canvases that Kuitca has stretched over a table in his studio and covered with doodles. Many of Kuitca’s works focus on organization systems, such as his Neufer Suite (1998, 2002) series of architectural blue prints, which Kuitca uses to illustrate the absurdity of such a cataloging system when it enters into the context of painting. Kuitca’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., among others. He lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Selected Public Collections:
Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofí­a, Madrid, Spain
Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tate Modern, London, England
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Ein Deutsches Requiem by Guillermo Kuitca
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